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Earl Grey Tea Cured Salmon Recipe by Stephen McAllister

Stephen McAllister’s tea cured salmon recipe has always been a big hit with the customers of The Pig’s Ear. It is also a great dinner party starter as all the work is done ahead of time leaving you free to mingle with your guests.

Serves 4


500g organic Irish salmon, skin off & pin-boned
Zest of 1 orange & 1 lemon
70g sea salt
90g sugar
30g dill or fennel
Tea from 2 Earl Grey tea bags
100g yogurt, strained in a muslin cloth overnight
1 Granny Smith apple, sliced into crescent shapes
1 cucumber, one half sliced thinly length ways, seasoned with salt to soften; the other peeled and cut into 4 disks, with the remainder scooped out into little balls using a small melon baller
Fennel herb, for garnish


1. Add the orange, lemon, salt, sugar, dill and tea to a bowl.
2. Cover the fish completely with the salt and sugar mixture and place onto a dish.
3. Cover the dish with clingfilm and refrigerate for up to 24 hrs, turning halfway through.
4. When the curing time is up, wash under running cold water. Pat dry using a cloth.
5. Place on a chopping board and slice into even pieces.
6. Take the yogurt from the cloth and season with salt and white pepper to taste.
7. Lay the cucumber slices on a board overlapping slightly. Spoon some yogurt in the centre and roll up into a cigar shape. Repeat until you have four cucumber rolls.
8. Place a slice of salmon on each plate with the different cucumbers beside it. Top with some apple slices and a little fennel herb.
9. Finish with olive oil and a squeeze of lemon.


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